Thousands turn out for Omagh’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations

St Patrick's Day Omagh

Published: 21st March 2016

Approximately 15,000 people took to the streets on 17 March to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Omagh.

The ‘Sharing Heritage and Traditions’ themed event, organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, included a packed programme of free entertainment and festive activities across Omagh throughout the day.

The OASIS Plaza formed part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations for the first time, hosting a programme of family entertainment, food, music, song and dance from 12 noon.

A programme of music, dancing and family entertainment was also on offer the Strule Arts Centre as well as a Food and Craft Market and cookery demonstrations.

In the town centre there was on street entertainment from 12.30pm, leading up to the arrival of the colourful St Patrick’s Day parade outside the Court House at approximately 2pm.

The St Patrick’s Day parade featured more than 40 local community groups, businesses, sporting organisations, schools and bands and was led by Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly.

Speaking about the St Patrick’s Day event in Omagh, Councillor O’Reilly said:

“Not only is this the tenth anniversary of this wonderful event celebrating the life of our Patron Saint but it is also the first St Patrick’s Day parade which has been organised as a Fermanagh and Omagh District Council event.

Both legacy Councils have over the years shown great commitment to providing people of their respective districts with events geared towards engendering a sense of civic pride and I am delighted that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is determined to build on that tradition.

This is my first visit to the St Patrick’s Day parade in Omagh and I am delighted that so many people have turned out to watch the parade on such a beautiful day.”

Councillor O’Reilly went on to thank the festival organising committee and Council Officers on making the event such a success.

Pio McCann acted as parade compere outside Omagh Court House and ISL and BSL sign language interpreters were also in attendance to interpret parade participants as they passed by.

St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Omagh were made possible by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council with support from the Council’s Good Relations Programme assisted by OFMDFM, the Public Health Agency and Tourism NI’s Year of Food and Drink.

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